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Future PhD Students

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Program application process:

  1. For full consideration and best funding opportunities, complete your application by these dates:
    • January 15 of each year for Canadian applicants 
    • December 1 of the previous year for international applicants
  2. Only complete applications via the on-line application portal at the Faculty of Graduate Studies will be considered
  3. If you have technical difficulties with the application system, please seek assistance at
  4. Results communicated around March
  5. Program starts at the beginning of September only

Minimum admission standards include:

  • Master’s degree in a discipline related to Argumentation Studies or equivalent
  • Graduate grade average in the "A" range (80% or more)

Application requirements:

  • All post-secondary transcripts (with official English translations where needed)
  • Two letters of academic recommendation 
  • A short Curriculum Vitae
  • A Statement of Research Interest 500-800 words long that provides:
  • A short sample (under 6000 words) of related scholarly writing. (Upload with research statement.)
  • If English is a second language: Recent TOEFL 250, IBT 100, or IELTS 7.0 

We strongly recommend that you contact our faculty member(s) whose research relates to your expertise and  to discuss the development of your Statement of Research Interest, a portion of which should specifically relate to argumentation. 

Five students may be admitted each year to the whole program; and in any given year, some Research Clusters may not be admitting students.